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Gun Policy News, 30 January 2004

United States

30 January 2004

Tribune-Review (Pittsburgh), Opinion

Tucked into the omnibus spending bill is a provision withdrawing from the federal government the authority to keep a 90-day database on gun-buyers. Once background checks are done and legal purchase is completed, the FBI and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives must destroy their records within 24 hours. The rule is a chivalrous and overdue bow to the Second Amendment, which guarantees the individual's right to keep and bear arms, and it overturns a... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

30 January 2004

Cybercast News Service

The Chicago Police Department and the Chicago Board of Education are sponsoring a "youth protest" outside a suburban gun shop, much to the dismay of some gun owners and Second Amendment supporters. The Illinois State Rifle Association says the youth protest is nothing more than "state sponsored terrorism against the 2nd Amendment." The February 21st protest will take place at 10:00 a.m. in front of Chuck's Gun Shop in Riverdale, Ill., the Illinois State Rifle... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

30 January 2004

Atlanta Journal-Constitution (Georgia)

At Adventure Outdoors Gun Shop in Smyrna, the Wallace family has been selling guns for almost 28 years. And with the family's good name to uphold, sales are scrutinized to make sure they don't end up hurting the public, says manager Eric Wallace, who works with his father, one of the store's founders. Customers are queried about their purchases and their driver's licenses are photocopied. If someone tries to purchase more than two guns within five days or if there's... (GunPolicy.org)

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South Africa

30 January 2004

Star (South Africa)

"My heart is bleeding," said an anguished George Baloyi on Friday after his 10-year-old son was shot dead in an accident. "This is a very difficult time for us," Baloyi said. Baloyi, the regional deputy director general in the office of the National Directorate of Public Prosecutions, added that he, his wife and his daughter were completely devastated by their loss. Tshepo died on Wednesday evening after accidentally shooting himself with a .38 special revolver which... (GunPolicy.org)

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Canada,United States

30 January 2004

Calgary Sun (Alberta)

OTTAWA — Holes in Canada-U.S. border security are to blame for an AK-47 slipping past the eyes Canadian customs officers and the post office, the head of the National Firearms Association said yesterday. "Shipping it across by post means that the U.S. postal service, Canada Post, and Canada Customs all screwed up," Jim Hutton said. "It opens a huge gap in our border security. What else is being mailed into Canada that's being missed? The border is insecure."... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

30 January 2004

Baltimore Sun, Opinion

Despite Sept. 11, 2001, changing the calculus of our lives, little attention has gone to a looming deadline that'll make this country even more hospitable to really bad guys: the expiration in September of the federal ban on assault weapons. The 1994 law, which forbids manufacturing 19 different types of assault weapons, included a "sunset" clause as a sly way to get the bill through Congress. For some legislators, a decade minus certain weapons that lack any... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

30 January 2004

Jacksonville Daily News (North Carolina), Opinion

Winston Churchill once observed that there were "lies, damn lies and statistics." That's the way it appeared recently when the Americans for Gun Safety Foundation released a report indicating that a seemingly inordinate number of guns used in crimes or found at crime scenes in this country came from a relatively few firearms dealers. Foundation officials used this information to conclude that perhaps there is something fishy going on at these stores and called for the... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

30 January 2004

Associated Press

ALBANY, New York — Gun owners, the Conservative Party and county clerks said Thursday that Gov. George's Pataki's proposal to hike the cost of getting and renewing a handgun permit is an assault on the constitution. "This is another thinly veiled attempt at gun control," said Tom King, president of the New York State Rifle & Pistol Association. The Republican governor's proposal shocked the group that has long focused on Democrats' gun control efforts, he said. The... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

30 January 2004

Cybercast News Service

Journalists covering wars or other conflicts for the New York Times are no longer allowed to carry a firearm while on assignment, according to a policy adopted by the company this week. The new policy, first reported by the Wall Street Journal, was apparently put into place Wednesday following an internal debate over the issue. A Times reporter in Iraq, Dexter Filkins, was found carrying a gun last year, the Journal reported. "The carrying of a weapon, for whatever... (GunPolicy.org)

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